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Old 06-08-2015, 03:53 PM
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I am heading up next week for 2 days ... First time....

Would greatly appreciate - 2 dinners and 2 lunches at classic NOLA spots

Also some must see and do suggestions ... We are staying in the French Quarter ...

Bringing slacks and a jacket for some Michelin quality type dinners

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Im sure guys who live there know far more but i have enjoyed these places: Commanders Palace, Gautreaus and Doris Metropolitan
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Drago's, anything but you must get the char broiled oysters !
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In the quarter, Mr. B's. Their BBQ Shrimp is a very unique dish.

Uptown try Clancy's or Patois.
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Used to live there. Friday lunch at Galatoire's is the deal. No reservations downstairs, which is where you want to be. Be in line well before the doors open. Jacket required. Forget the menu and let the waiter feed you what's good that day. Plan to spend a few hours eating and drinking. It becomes quite the scene. Food, atmosphere and experience are all great.
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Mr. Johns steakhouse on St. Charles is very good. Dickie Brennan's off of Bourbon too. For lunch I like Desire on Bourbon (shrimp and grits) but you could probably go there in your underwear and they'd serve you. Two Sisters has a Sunday brunch that is very unique and excellent.

Commanders Palace (meh) and Galatoire's (never been but hear it's good) are probably the jacket only NOLA classics.

Swamp tours are cool if you don't see alligators a lot - they are everywhere right now. Or you can see em for free in the canals off the interstate.

WWII museum is a must see, don't miss the movie "Beyond all Borders" !!
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if taking the misses would highly recommend taking the oak alley plantation tour. Looks like something straight out of Gone with the wind. As far as eats... Bayona is a very nice intimate spot in the quarter with really good food. I also love NOLA (Emerils place). I was afraid it would be a tourist trap but the food was awesome. And of course must do chargrilled oysters at Dragos
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Muriel's is pretty good. For lunch, I really like Redfish Grill on Burbon street.
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Does Port of Call still make the best burger ever?
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Does Port of Call still make the best burger ever?
Yup! Just make sure to get a Monsoon to drink with it. We used to walk to it from Bourbon St., but I am not sure how safe that is currently.

Sorry that I don't have more to add to the thread. We don't do much fine dining. I second the Court of Two Sisters brunch.
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For fine dining, check out GW Finns, NOLA, Commander's. Lunch is pretty damn good at Redfish Grill on Bourbon. There's this little known Italian place called the Italian Barrel. Reservations are a must, but the food is phenomenal
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Last time we were there one the highlights was a walking cocktail tour. I am generally opposed to all things touristy, but this was fun. Mid to late afternoon, walking tour of the quarter going to all the famous bars for an historically significant drink place by place.

I bet my wife could find the details if you're interested.
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Galatoires over Commanders.
Dragos a must but its in Metairie, bout $30 cab round trip. Uber has not gotten rolling in NO yet.
My favorite lunch - go to Central Grocery, get mufalettas, abitas and zaps, walk up to the levy and eat with a fantastic view of the river.
Don't wait in line at Acme, Felix's is right across the street and they both get their oysters from the same place.
If you are walking by, Harry's Corner bar is a classic dive, great spot for people watching.
When you're flying out, Leah Chase's in the airport has some fantastic beans and rice, worth getting there 30 minutes early.
Enjoy, but be warned - NOLA is an expensive addiction....
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If you need really casual but want a true taste of N.O. go to Johnny's Po Boys.

http://johnnyspoboys.com/

And don't miss strolling in a Rouse's Grocery, if you are up by the lake and UNO there is a nice one there.
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My buddy is a true foodie and travels to eat. He got back from N.O not long ago. Here are his recs:
Pesche - Donald Link

G.W. Fins

August - John Besh

Domenica - John Besh

Cochon - Donald Link

Restaurant R'evolution

All 5 stars in my option

Also must do Acme Oysters not fine dining but an experience

Go buy local rum @ Old New Orleans Rum excellent
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Originally Posted by AquaWhaler View Post
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Dragos a must but its in Metairie, bout $30 cab round trip. Uber has not gotten rolling in NO yet...
There's a Dragos in the Riverside Hilton, just a couple of blocks outside the Quarter. The chargrilled oysters really are amazing.

Coop's in the FQ for lunch.
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+1 on August. I couldn't get in last time,,,, call early for reservations!
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Our daughter has lived there for five years now and is something of a foodie. We had a fantastic meal at Revolution, which even my son, a hyper foodie snob, raved about. Definitely meets the more formal, fine dining requirement great for a special occasion date. For Old New Orleans, I like Galatoire's too but my wife and daughter have been there more than me and found it inconsistent and rate Commander's Palace higher. For new New Orleans, we've had great meals at Cochon (more informal but $$) and GW Fins (somewhere in between formality wise, louder and less intimate than say, Revolution or Galatoires). I like the old school atmosphere at Arnaud's but the food is good, not special.
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Tom Fitzmorris has been the local food critic around here for 100 years - you might check out his site for his top picks as well (nomenu.com). He says GW Fins is the best seafood - now I have to go try it!
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Originally Posted by AquaWhaler View Post
Galatoires over Commanders.
Dragos a must but its in Metairie, bout $30 cab round trip. Uber has not gotten rolling in NO yet.
My favorite lunch - go to Central Grocery, get mufalettas, abitas and zaps, walk up to the levy and eat with a fantastic view of the river.
Don't wait in line at Acme, Felix's is right across the street and they both get their oysters from the same place.
If you are walking by, Harry's Corner bar is a classic dive, great spot for people watching.
When you're flying out, Leah Chase's in the airport has some fantastic beans and rice, worth getting there 30 minutes early.
Enjoy, but be warned - NOLA is an expensive addiction....
I guess it's all perspective... I've always thought of it as cheap. I just think of it relative to Vegas; and all of a sudden it's not too bad.
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